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  1. That is a pretty neat picture. Amazing to catch one on camera like that.
  2. The first weekend of rifle season was bitter cold with Sunday being the coldest. It was minus 9 when I parked the truck Sunday morning and after a one mile hike to the edge of a clear-cut facing into a stiff northeast wind I had a few thoughts concerning my sanity. The deer, and one bull moose, did not seem to mind the cold as they fed their way across the opening. All together I saw plenty of deer (approx. 70) the first couple of days, but nothing I wanted to shoot. The big mature bucks did not show themselves and with any luck that will change as the rut is only a couple of weeks away.
  3. Unfortunately, it happens and then we play it over and over in our minds. Maybe for years. I hit an elk in the shoulder my first year elk hunting and still think about it almost 40 years later. I know that elk survived that hit, but still. Maybe that buck will give you a second chance.
  4. Imagine a person undecided on the topic of guns and hunting goes for a ride and sees this. Although not apparent in the photo, this gate is also bent/bowed in an attempt to push it over. The two shotgun blasts on the center sign were very fresh and obviously from close range. Almost every gated road (gated for good reasons) is in this condition. These gates and signs are expensive to replace. A waste of taxpayers dollars, but maybe more importantly, a blight on the image of hunters and gun enthusiasts. On which side of the fence will the undecided minds fall?
  5. elkoholic

    it's time

    I guess it's time to take down the humming bird feeder. A preview of the coming winter. It could just be the Farmers Almanac is right.
  6. Excellent! Congratulations and good luck tagging a buck. Some good, from the stand pictures, for sure. Pretty nice buck with a lot of potential too. Last day of archery season today. Did not go out and woke up to this. Rifle season starts next Saturday for deer/elk and I'll have five weeks to get it done. There has been little deer movement the past month or so but with the rut not far off and the colder weather that should change. Good hunting everyone!
  7. Sounds like the right bow and the right stand. It looks fairly thick around the stand with the leaves on and at that height not much chance of being spotted. 27 buck in 7 days.....wow.
  8. Looks good and the whole area is pretty as a picture. I second that thought. Growing up with the friends and family I had, a thick skin was a necessity. All the ribbing and mental jousting that took place was all in good fun and that's how I see life. I don't take myself too seriously and poking fun is really what being a friend is all about.
  9. I like! That looks to be the good life.
  10. Didn't want to go there. Besides, I have room for a recliner or two. I have to think there are times when one is allowed the simple pleasures in life. Not sure anyone would measure across the eves and then bother with such a small discrepancy. Just one question; How are you going to get it off the trailer? Hope you make it okay and post a picture when you have it in place.
  11. Maybe a bobcat, but probably not a lion. I've seen a lion bring down a deer and once they get a grip there is little chance the deer would get away. I still go with the fence idea having seen the results of startled or pursued deer after running through a barbed wire fence. Miles of the stuff all over and much of it falling down and no longer needed. RMEF volunteers have removed hundreds of miles of old fence over the past couple of decades. Hung up on an old fence to die, I would rather a lion get me. That doe should be giving birth to your next trophy buck next spring.
  12. Dang, you did good last year! Good story too.
  13. Hard to tell how bad it is, but if the weather is cold enough and it doesn't get infected she should be fine. Deer are amazingly tough. I would suspect a fence from the location, but a bad shot may not be out of the equation.
  14. I'm here. I've been hunting since the 5th of this month, but not for deer. Trying to fill an elk tag and having no luck so far. Hunting in smoke so thick you can scoop it up with a fork the first couple of weeks and then to the past couple days of cold rain and 30 degree temps, it has been a little bit of a challenge. The older, mature bucks have gone nocturnal since shedding their velvet, but I might stumble into one while cruising the mountains. Probably won't do any serious deer hunting until late October through November. Happy hunting everyone!
  15. How do you stop those thoughts? I have more than a few lost/blown opportunities due to not being focused when I'm still-hunting as my mind wanders from the task at hand and sitting on stand it is even easier to drift off. While not my cup of tea, I must say you did an outstanding job building it. The shoot through curtains are an excellent finishing touch and the deer should have enough time to get used to it. Enjoy your time there and hopefully a big buck comes by.
  16. Nice! Nothing like a good story with a happy ending.
  17. Week one under my belt and nothing but exercise obtained. The last couple of days have been so smoky (terrible fires in Oregon, Washington, and California) that my lungs and eyes are burning. With all the smoke and warm temperatures there has been little game movement. The elk rut should be kicking in and hopefully the smoke will clear and the temps drop. As for the deer, the big bucks have gone nocturnal and even the doe and fawn are moving very little. Need a change in wind direction and some moisture.
  18. Glad you're back! You were missed.
  19. The elk are calling, and I must go.
  20. If you like watching critters, Wyoming has some good video clips.
  21. Like I said, it may have already been used on a hunt. It is often used in animal studies in both Australia and Africa to locate tranquilized (via dart) animals. The misuse of this technology would not surprise me. Yes, the antis often use misconstrued happenings in their arguments, but why give them more "bullets". The people sitting on the fence and the direction they fall, will ultimately determine the future of hunting. Like athletes and the steroid issue, hunters would benefit from a cleaner image. Maybe we don't really give a hoot, and maybe we should. Being in the minority, pr
  22. As the wildfires are torching parts of Montana again, I can say that smelling like smoke is very effective. There are days that the smoke is so thick I doubt the critters can smell much else anyway. Even the smoke poring in from several states away gives a background scent that blending in with is a good idea. If fires are a rare occurrence and mostly associated with humans in your area it is probably not a good idea. Same goes for farm smells.
  23. The technology already exists, with the limiting factor being battery life, which I'm sure can be overcome with better "technology" (https://www.globalsupplies.co.za/pneu-darts/transmitter). While intended to help in recovery of tranquilized animals it may already have been used on a "hunt". One scenario being, the guide finds an animal a couple of days before arrival of customer and miraculously leads the client to trophy. Hmmm This is unfortunately, or fortunately, a fact of life. My thinking is that as hunters we need to have these discussions and maybe come to a consensus befor
  24. It sure was. As we all know, there is no guarantee in hunting and even same day information can't provide that. I do believe that all remote surveillance should be discontinued during hunting seasons and preferably ending a week before. By that time feeding and bedding area(s) along with preferred travel routes are already determined. I can see the day that we attach tracking chips so that we know where our target animal is at all times. That would be fairly easy to do..... God, I hope not.
  25. And did he have the info that you were headed to that stand? Fair is fair. Knowing where a deer beds and feeds should not require a camera and same day info gathered through technology allowing you to make a high percentage decision made that decision an easier one. Maybe you would have chosen that stand anyway. The many variables of any hunt in any way reduced or altered by technology reduces the challenge of the hunt. Then we must ask; Does there need to be a challenge? Bottom line, I believe all "same day" tech related animal location methods are not for me. That is my